Tiger Woods shows up to support Serena Williams at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams has turned to Tiger Woods for input before making her recent comeback after a year-long injury hiatus. On Wednesday night, Woods took to the court at the US Open, throwing uppercuts into the stands to cheer Williams on for the win.

“He’s one of the reasons I’m here,” Williams said after beating second seed Anett Kontaveit 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2 to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows. in what could be the last. tournament of his career. “One of the main reasons I still play.”

Woods was in Williams’ guest box at the sold-out Arthur Ashe Stadium, two seats behind his sister, Venus.

When Woods was shown on the suspended video screens during a break between games, he received a warm welcome from the crowd and pulled the brim of his cap to greet the applause.

After the match, Woods tweeted, “It was a privilege to watch greatness. Congratulations @serenawilliams”

Three weeks ago, 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams announced she was set to quit her playing days via an essay in Vogue magazine. In the article, she said she approached Woods – the owner of 15 golf majors who returned to action after severely damaging his leg in a car accident – ​​for advice when she was trying to determine on whether she should return to play after being sidelined by injury at Wimbledon in June 2021.

“It’s Tiger,” she wrote, “and he was adamant that I was a beast the same way he was!”

Asked about Woods’ role on Wednesday, Williams said: “We talked a lot. He was really trying to motivate me.

She continued, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was just lost. So many questions. When you can rely on someone like that – I mean, my God, it’s Tiger Woods – it was really helpful for clarification.

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